I'm having a reaction to this week's news much like I did when I posted Grumpy Cat rates this past weekend. The result was a retreat into life imitating art and three retrospectives before coming up for air. The most I can say today is that it's still 1968 and the year is only half over. I might have more to say by Monday. For now, I plan retrospectives for today and tomorrow and an entertainment entry on Sunday while I get over my revulsion and despair.*
Today's retrospective is the monthly meta for June 2016, which was the best June ever with 16,212 page views and 30 comments for 33 posts over 30 days. That translates to 540.4 page views per day, 491.3 page views per post, one comment per day, and 0.91 comments per day. The blog may have fallen slightly short of my goal of 16,500 page views per month, but the blog has averaged 18,421 page views per month for the past three months, so I'm doing just fine.
Before the actual top tens, I'm sharing the top posts by other metrics, beginning with "Star Wars Drinks for Star Wars Day" from May 4, 2015, which was the most pinned on Pinterest with 3 pins and one like during June.
Next, "Drink to candidates for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News" from June 17, 2016 was the most commented on entry with six comments, thanks to Paul W. of You Might Notice a Trend and Ahab of The Republic of Gilead dropping by. Despite all the comments, the post earned only 68 page views according to the raw counter.
Honorarable mention goes to "Sometimes, it isn't such a quiet neighborhood" from September 17, 2011. This back catalog entry popped up on the last day of the month with 102 page views, which would have placed it 11th overall. As I wrote about May, this was still an appropriate entry, as my current neighborhood continues to be busy and noisy with construction of new homes across the street.
Follow over the jump for the countdowns of the top ten most read, both posted during the month and overall for June.
The countdowns of the top ten begin with "'Star Wars' and 'The Walking Dead' were big winners at the 2016 Saturn Awards" from June 26, 2016. It earned 97 page views according to the raw counter from being shared at the Star Wars and Walking Dead groups on Facebook and Google+ to end the month as the tenth most read entry posted during June.
"A tale of two endorsements" from June 10, 2016 earned 111 page views from being shared at the political groups on Facebook and Google+, becoming the ninth most read entry posted last month.
The blog's two counters sometimes report contradictory results. Such was the case with "Silly candidates, real and fictional, for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News" from June 16, 2016. I shared it with the Star Wars and political groups on Facebook and Google+. The result was 115 page views according to the default counter, making it tenth overall for June. The raw counter showed 135 page views, placing it eighth among entries posted during June, behind another entry that had more raw page views but never cracked the default top ten. It wasn't the first time this happened and it very likely won't be the last.
The raw counter showed "Regional rapid transit plan for Metro Detroit" from June 1, 2015 earned 141 page views, making it the seventh most read entry posted during the month. However, it never cracked the default top ten, despite having more raw page views than "Silly candidates, real and fictional, for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News," which did. Go figure. This entry earned its readership via normal social media promotion in addition to being shared at Kunstler's blog.
"'Star Wars' baby names for Father's Day" from June 19, 2016 demonstrates my penchant for combining one of my interests with holidays to yield a unique take on the occasion. I shared it at the Star Wars and science fiction groups on Facebook and Google+ to collect 153 page views (158 according to the raw counter), placing it ninth overall and sixth among entries posted during June.
I shared "Rabid Puppies infect 2016 Hugo nominees for movies and television" from May 29, 2016 at the science fiction groups on Facebook and Google+ only after the start of the month. The result was it ended the month with 160 page views during June, enough for eighth place overall. It maxed out its total page views at 212 on June 27 according to the default counter, 249 according to the raw counter.
"Drum corps for the California primary" from June 7, 2016 was the final observance of a primary election with marching music this year, although not the highest ranking for June. I shared it at the drum corps and politics groups on Facebook and Google+, earning it 191 page views (199 according to the raw counter) and ranking it seventh overall and fifth for entries posted during June.
"Game of Thrones D&D character alignment charts" from April 6, 2014 got 219 page views last month to enjoy a second month in the top ten at sixth place. It earned its readership from web search related to the sixth season of "Game of Thrones." It still wasn't enough to put it back in the all-time top ten, which it fell out of in May.
The most liked entry on Google+ was "'Star Trek' coins and stamps for the show's 50th anniversary" from June 12, 2016 with 6 pluses. It earned both its likes and its 423 page views (450 according to the raw counter) by being shared on the science fiction groups, specifically the Star Trek ones, on Facebook and Google+. Infidel 753 also shared the link at his blog. It landed in fifth place overall and fourth among entries posted in June.
The highest ranking entry combining drum corps videos with a primary election was "Drum corps for the New Jersey Primary" from Jun 7, 2016. I shared it at the drum corps and political communities on Facebook and Google+. I used an image of a friend of mine to illustrate the entry and he shared it as well. As a result, it earned 644 page views (657 according to the raw counter) landing it in fourth place overall and third for entries posted in June.
"'Star Wars' attack ads" from June 5, 2016 was one of three entries I shared at the Coffee Party's Facebook page. This was after I had shared it at the science fiction groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ and Infidel 753 linked to it at his blog. There were 352 visits to the blog in the first hour after the link was posted at the Coffee Party Facebook page and 1137 total for the day. The entry also earned 842 page views within the first 24 hours after being shared. It had 338 before being shared at the Coffee Party page because of being shared at the science fiction groups on Facebook for 1179 total by 11 PM on June 10. It ended the month with a total of 1216 page views (1255 according to the raw counter), placing it third overall and second among entries posted during June.
The winner of the best new entry award for June 2016 was "1968 has arrived with a Weimar moment in San Jose" from Jun 4, 2016. I shared it at both the Coffee Party Facebook page and Kunstler's blog, attracting 2355 page views to the entry (2378 according to the raw counter), placing it first for June's entries and second overall. Linking at the Coffee Party Facebook page helped the blog earn 2209 page views in 24 hours, 611 in the first hour after the link was posted. The post is now in seventh place on the all-time top ten list, having knocked "Colbert explains the climate deal and says goodbye to oil" out.
"CNN and MSNBC interview Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson" from May 24, 2016 earned a second month in the top ten by being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page on the first of the month. That drew in 2700+ more page views to the entry in 24 hours. In addition, June 1 saw 3,037 total page views, including 850 the first hour after the link was posted. As a result, it earned the top post of the month and the Revenge of the Back Catalog trophy by collecting 2740 more page views during June. The entry now has a total of 3136 page views (3187 according to the raw counter) placing it fourth on the all-time top ten. It knocked "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" out for what may be the last time.
Stay tuned for the next installment in the top entries of the fifth year of the blog, picking up where I left off at Drink to candidates for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
*ETA: Anything else I could say, Charlie Pierce of Esquire says it better.